Carlson, Mertens and Koberstein on All-BIG EAST First Team
Nov. 15, 2012
MILWAUKEE - Seniors Danielle Carlson and Holly Mertens, along with junior Elizabeth Koberstein, of the Marquette University women’s volleyball team were named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, the league announced Thursday evening at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.
Mertens was one of just three unanimous first team selections, along with conference player of the year Lola Arslankekova of Louisville and Cincinnati’s Jordanne Scott.
It is the first career postseason all-conference honor for Mertens and Koberstein, while Carlson also earned first team recognition in 2011.
Mertens, who owns a team-best 3.36 kills per set average, accelerated her play in the second half of the season, posting a 3.93 kills per set and a league-best .414 (228-59-411) hitting percentage against BIG EAST opponents. The right-side hitter finished the campaign fifth in the conference with an average of 3.76 points per set. Mertens was named the BIG EAST Player of the Week (Oct. 1 and Nov. 5) on two occasions this season.
Carlson has been one of Marquette's most consistent offensive threats throughout her career, boasting a conference-best .385 (309-40-698) hitting percentage at middle hitter. The Marshfield, Wis., native currently ranks first in hitting percentage (.353) on MU's all-time list and recently became the 12th player in program history to join the 1,000-kill club, when she slammed home the match-ending kill on Nov. 11 against Notre Dame.
Koberstein has quickly established herself as one of the premier setters in the nation during her first season with the Golden Eagles. The Madison, Wis., native leads the BIG EAST and ranks 10th nationally with an 11.67 assist per set average. Koberstein's play at setter has led Marquette to a conference-best team hitting percentage of .280, including a mark of .292 in BIG EAST play.
The trio has help lead Marquette to a 24-5 overall mark this season, which includes a program-record 13 BIG EAST Conference victories. The Golden Eagles earned a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, and will face the seventh-seeded Pittsburgh Panthers in the quarterfinals on Friday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.
2012 BIG EAST CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL AWARDS
BIG EAST Player of the Year
BIG EAST Libero of the Year
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
BIG EAST Coaches of the Year
2012 All-BIG EAST VOLLEYBALL TEAM
* - unanimous selection
(extra player because of tie-breaker)